ZANU PF celebrates survey results

Harare – Zanu (PF) party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has welcomed the recently announced political popularity survey by South African based Freedom House in which it claims that the MDC-T has lost ground to President Mugabe’s party.

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In an interview at his Zanu (PF) HQ office the upbeat Gumbo on Thursday told ZimEye that the results of the survey was reflective of what his party is offering to the people of Zimbabwe while the MDC-T’s incapability to deliver has been exposed by the formation of the GNU.

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“The result of this survey corresponds to what we ourselves as Zanu (PF) have been saying it collaborates what we have been saying that we are much stronger, we are gaining a lot of support and if there was any support lost during the previous election, we are there to sort of cover these gaps. We are happy with the survey,” said Gumbo.

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Gumbo said although he was aware of the fact that surveys can be manipulated, the Freedom House result was less suspicious given the fact that it had been conducted by a mature political analyst, Susan Booysen.

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The Movement for Democratic Change on Wednesday dismissed the report on the basis that the majority of the people were not free to discuss politics because of fear of victimization.

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“Given the margin of terror acknowledged in the report it is difficult to rely entirely on this report to gauge the opinion of the people of Zimbabwe on their political choices. We note that a lot of people interviewed refused to disclose their political preferences. This is obviously for fear of intimidation and the violence they have been subjected to by Zanu PF and its military junta. This margin of terror fundamentally impugns the conclusion that can be derived from this report,” said the MDC in a statement.

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Freedom House survey says the Zanu (PF) support base has been on the rise while the MDC-T support has been dwindling significantly.

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“Based on the responses of the 53% of survey participants who agreed to state their political choices, trust in MDC-T, in particular, dropped from 66% to 39%, while trust in ZANU PF rose from 36% to 52%,” reads part of the findings on the Freedom House website.(ZIMBABWE, ZimEye)

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